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The best wireless PC gaming headsets
Most of the time, the PC is the best place to find a great gaming headset. It’s the platform where you can spend more on nearly infinite incremental improvements to quality, in both visual fidelity and sound. However, if there’s one avenue where the PC falters, it’s that most of the best headsets have cables. There just aren’t as many wireless PC gaming headsets as on other platforms, and for a pretty simple reason: playing games on a desktop PC means that a cable is often the best choice for that environment. Most of the time, it’s no struggle to use a corded headset—you don’t have to be far away from your source, and the audio latency is nonexistent.
However, there are still plenty of wireless options worth getting, and plenty of reasons to get them. Here are some of the best wireless PC gaming headsets available.
Editor’s note: this article was updated on April 11, 2022, to include the HyperX Cloud Alpha Wireless and SteelSeries Arctis 7+ Wireless to the best list, to add an FAQ section, and to include a disclosure box addressing testing data from our old system.
Why is the HyperX Cloud Alpha Wireless the best wireless PC gaming headset?
The HyperX Cloud Alpha Wireless brings comfort, performance, and that classic HyperX look for a reasonable price. This wireless PC gaming headset also works with PlayStation 5, and it’s one of the best options on either platform—wireless or otherwise.
This headset is built on a sturdy metal frame. Its memory foam earpads are covered in soft leatherette that feels great to wear and can accommodate most head shapes pretty easily. While this is one of the most comfortable gaming headsets around, what really makes it stand out is its official 300-hour battery life. In theory, you can use this for more than 12 days straight before it runs out of juice.
The HyperX Cloud II Wireless uses a wireless RF connection with a 2.4GHz USB dongle for transmitting audio between it and your platform of choice. This is good because it means audio lag won’t be an issue, and generally, this connection takes less power to maintain.
Additionally, this headset brings virtual surround sound to PC via NGenuity, the HyperX headset companion app. It doesn’t bring those features to consoles, but the PlayStation 5 sports its own built surround sound anyway, so you won’t miss it.
The Razer Barracuda X is a great gaming headset for less than $100 USD
The Razer Barracuda X is one of a growing cohort of wireless gaming headsets that use a USB-C dongle to connect to gaming platforms. The headset also comes with a USB-A adapter, which means it can connect to the Nintendo Switch (docked or undocked), every kind of PlayStation, smartphones with USB-C ports, as well as PC.
Outside of that, the Barracuda X features a super lightweight plastic build and ear pads covered in a soft fabric, which makes for an exceedingly comfortable experience. The headset’s audio output is largely very accurate compared to our target curve, though there’s a slight dip in the sub-bass range. The microphone is a little on the quiet side, but it still sounds alright. The Barracuda X can also last over 25 hours on a single charge, which is definitely on the higher end of the gaming headset market.
Basically, this sounds good, feels good, and works on most platforms. You can see the Barracuda X in action in our video review. Oh yeah, it’s also only $99 USD. What more could you want?
The SteelSeries Arctis 7+ Wireless works on basically any platform
Few gaming headsets, on any platform, are as comfortable as SteelSeries’ Arctis headset line. The SteelSeries Arctis 7+ Wireless hits that sweet spot of features, compatibility, and price—and it doesn’t get rid of any physical design elements like the Arctis 1 Wireless does. It works with Nintendo Switch, PlayStation consoles, PC (of course), and even Xbox or phone via 3.5mm connection.
This wireless PC gaming headset offers surround sound, a retractable boom microphone, standard wired playback, and nearly 72 hours of battery on a single charge. It recharges via USB-C and you can even use the Arctis 7+ Wireless while it’s charging.
With a lightweight aluminum frame and an elastic suspension band modeled after a pair of ski goggles, the design and comfort of this headset are excellent. It doesn’t take any adjustment—just put it on and it’ll stretch to fit comfortably. The headphones sport ear pads covered in a fabric SteelSeries calls AirWeave, which is soft and breezy, but dense enough to not sacrifice too much isolation. If you want something to wear for hours on end, whether you’re an at-home worker or you like marathon gaming sessions, this is definitely worth considering.
The Logitech G Pro X Wireless features a great microphone
If you want something that’s just spoiled with features, the Logitech G Pro X Wireless might be just the software wonder for you. A wireless re-release of one of the best gaming headsets of 2019, the Logitech G Pro X Wireless brings everything the G Pro X offered and more.
This headset can last up to 21 hours on a single charge, and its sturdy build and multiple ear pad options mean it’s actually comfortable to wear for that long too. On the hardware side, the G Pro X Wireless offers very good audio for a gaming headset, a reasonably accurate microphone, and lag-free audio with its 2.4gHz USB dongle connection, but all the software options that really tie everything together.
Using Logitech’s G Hub app, the Logitech G Pro X Wireless brings virtual surround sound, customizable headphone EQ profiles, and support for the Blue Vo!ce microphone suite. Blue Vo!ce was first implemented by microphone company Blue (which Logitech owns), and it offers tons of options for customizing and improving microphone audio. There are tons of options for noise reduction and EQ settings, as well as tons of EQ presets based on different uses and recording needs. Basically, it’s as close to a one-stop-shop as you’ll find in a gaming headset.
What’s the most comfortable PC gaming headset for glasses? The Razer BlackShark V2 Pro
The Razer BlackShark V2 Pro has a sleek aesthetic and is very comfortable with its memory foam pads covered with mesh fabric. The clamping force is slightly loose, but if you’re wearing glasses, this may be a blessing in disguise.
This wireless PC gaming headset is compatible with the Razer Synapse 3 app, which supports THX virtual surround sound and allows you to EQ the sound signature of the headset. The headset is compatible with PlayStation 4 and Nintendo Switch, but the app and its accompanying features can only be used on PC. The Razer BlackShark V2 Pro lasts 24 hours on a single charge, but it charges via microUSB.
Is the Corsair Virtuoso RGB Wireless XT worth the money?
The Corsair Virtuoso RGB Wireless XT is a great gaming headset with plenty of features like Bluetooth connectivity and PC software (Corsair iCue), where you can customize the EQ, adjust the RGB lighting, and update the firmware. What makes this headset really special is its microphone quality (listen here), though this comes at a high cost that ranges from $229 to $269 USD.
The best wireless PC gaming headsets: Notable mentions
- Corsair Void RGB Elite Wireless: Another great option for gamers with glasses, this headset is affordable, has a pretty great microphone, and 7.1 surround sound.
- EPOS GTW 270 Hybrid: You’ll need a separate microphone for chat, but this is the first pair of true wireless gaming earbuds and it actually works. If you want something other than over-ear headphones, this could be just the ticket.
- EPOS H3PRO Hybrid: One of the best options on the market, the H3PRO Hybrid features active noise cancelling, a detachable microphone, and solid battery life and sound performance. The only caveat here is the price.
- Logitech G435 Lightspeed: An alternative, more inexpensive option from Logitech. The G435 has the unique distinction of being one of the lightest headsets on the market. Combine that with its solid battery life and reasonably good sound quality and it makes an excellent option for long play sessions. Its inexpensive price tag also makes it an ideal option for kids.
- Logitech G733 Lightspeed: Interested in the Logitech G Pro X Wireless but don’t want to break the bank? The G733 Lightspeed boasts similar performance and quality at a reduced price. Although not quite as luxurious as its bigger brother, this is an excellent midrange option.
- SteelSeries Arctis 7P+: The SteelSeries Arctis 7P+ Wireless is virtually identical to the Arctis 7+ Wireless except for the different paint job. The battery life is great, though slightly less than the Arctis 7+ Wireless and the dial adjusts sidetone volume rather than game/chat mix.
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Some of our picks’ frequency response and isolation charts were measured with our old testing system. We have since purchased a Bruel & Kjaer 5128 test fixture (and the appropriate support equipment) to update our testing and data collection. It will take a while to update our backlog of old test results, but we will update this article (and many others!) once we’re able with improved sound quality measurements and isolation performance plots. These will be made obvious with our new chart aesthetic (black background instead of white).
Thank you for bearing with us, and we hope to see you again once we’ve sorted everything out.
What should you look for in a wireless PC gaming headset?
How do you connect a gaming headset to your PC?
Normally deciding on your connection method is a key part of picking a PC gaming headset, but if you’re dead set on a wireless option, that decision is basically already made. All wireless PC gaming headsets connect using USB dongles—even if your computer supports aptX Low Latency. Bluetooth is prone to lag no matter what codec you use, so these dongles generally use 2.4GHz radio frequency connections, which are virtually lag-free, and a little less battery intensive.
Can you use a PC headset on PlayStation and Xbox, too?
The other thing to really consider is what platforms you want a headset to support. Thankfully, the PC supports basically everything. If you happen to own a console as well as a PC, the options immediately get more limited. Basically, any wireless headset that works on the PlayStation 4 or PS5 won’t work on the Xbox One, and vice versa. If you’re at all interested in getting a headset you can use on a few different gaming platforms, don’t just get whatever—often there are specific models of gaming headsets for different platforms, and you don’t want to buy a Steelseries headset for Xbox One and PC, when your other platform is a PlayStation 4.
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Frequently asked questions about wireless PC gaming headsets
Wireless gaming headsets can be more convenient to use because you don’t have to remove them when you leave your station. More often than not, wireless gaming headsets include software that lets you adjust the sound and update the firmware down the line.
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